U 171


U 171 was laid down at AG Weser in Bremen in December 1940, and was launched in July 1941. After sea trials and training in 4. Unterseebootflotille, she was transferred to 10. Flotilla in Lorient in July 1942. She did one war patrol and sunk three merchant ships. On her return to Lorient, she hit an air mine laid out earlier by Allied airplanes 9. October 1942 and went down with 22 men of her crew. 30 men survived including the commander Günther Pfeffer. The wreck rest today on a depth of 37 to 40 meters southwest of Lorient near Isle de Groix.

Former names:
U 171

251,1 x 22,2 x 31,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1120 displ ( surfaced ) Bremen ( D ) 1941 Lorient ( F )
N 47.39 W 03.34
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